About the Blues

About the Blues

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by Julie London
     
 

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Julie London wasn't really a jazz singer, but she possessed a definite jazz feeling and many of her finest albums (such as Julie Is Her Name and Julie...At Home) feature small-group jazz backings. About the Blues was aimed at the 1950s pop market, but it may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty,

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Julie London wasn't really a jazz singer, but she possessed a definite jazz feeling and many of her finest albums (such as Julie Is Her Name and Julie...At Home) feature small-group jazz backings. About the Blues was aimed at the 1950s pop market, but it may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London's specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths instead of against them. Likewise, Russ Garcia's clever arrangements bleed jazz touches and short solos over the solitary strings and big-band charts. Like June Christy, London usually included a couple of new songs in with a selection of standards, and her husband, Bobby Troup, wrote two excellent numbers for the album. One of them, the emotionally devastating "Meaning of the Blues," is the album's highlight, and was turned into a jazz standard after Miles Davis recorded it the same year for Miles Ahead.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006808140
catalogNumber:
9497

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie London   Primary Artist
Russell Garcia   Conductor

Technical Credits

Russell Garcia   Arranger
Bobby Troup   Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
David Bennett   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Ted Keep   Engineer
Alex de Paola   Cover Photo
Doris Fisher   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Williams   Composer
Arthur Gershwin   Composer

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About the Blues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Julie's earliest albums and each one conveys the blues. What is nice about this reissue is the inclusion of her single "Baby Baby All the Time" and "Shadow Woman". Julie was something else.